Posts Tagged ‘Istanbul’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate_Chandeliers at Hagia Sophia

November 9, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”

Hagia Sophia (from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey.

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From the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as a Greek Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. [from Wikipedia]. When I was there in 2013, it was under renovation.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half – View from Dormabache Palace

July 20, 2015

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

Half on Half - View from Dormabache Palace

The symmetical composition plays on the positive and negative spaces; the Yin and the Yang.

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Splendid Door_Hagia Sophia

July 4, 2015
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Door to the Interior Room of Hagia Sophia

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Displayed in one of the Corners at Hagia Sophia

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One of the Exit Doors

Shot in Istanbul, Turkey.
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/door/

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Daily Prompt: The Power of Touch_Year 1166 Records

December 8, 2013

Texture abound in Istanbul, Turkey. Last month, I spent hours at Hagia Sophia, touched and felt some of what I saw and looked at with awe. I traveled back in time…somehow.

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Touching the slab…. It is described as a record of decisions passed by a supreme religious assembly held at Hagia Sophia in 1166.

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Though just a copy, there was that feeling of riding back in time by merely looking at them.

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Size of the slabs in the 3rd photo above can be gauged by the height of the man standing in front of the tomb near the synod records

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/daily-prompt-textures/

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Come Fly with Me to TURKEY / Sultanahmet, the Blue Mosque

November 15, 2013

It was last November 2 when I got a chance to visit for the first time The Blue Mosque –  SULTANAHMET CAMII [Turkish] or Sultan Ahmed Mosque (click to read more). Friend from UP Film  Center days, Rowena Martinez Ulayan-Tuzcuoglu, Istanbul resident and known visual artist in Turkey brought us to the site I never imagined I would one day be. Despite coming from a country majority of whom are Catholics, I found the place simply marvelous!

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My first view of the magnificent Sultanamet Camii or The Blue Mosque in Istanbul. I viewed it with wonder and awe! It appeared to me as fairy-tale like.

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Closer shot of the minarets

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Inside the mosque court

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Take note of the paper like objects flying around one of the minarets…

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…they are in fact, birds, seagulls I believe. They quite struck me as they actively animate the place along with tourists visiting the mosque.

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The floor rug inside the mosque building. Shoes must be removed before entering it. Plastic are provided on bins placed at the main entrance lobby. Women must cover their heads [hair only] with cloth, in my case, shawl, as sign of reverence.

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View of Sultanahmet as we leave the place on the way to Hagia Sophia side opposite it.

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Leaving the beautiful mosque behind

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/daily-prompt-travels-2/

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